Our new curtains were installed yesterday afternoon and the children are just as pleased with them as Rich and I are. They make the windows seem bigger and the room brighter.
Yesterday we put together the gingerbread houses. This is the first year we did two, instead of just one.
I buy the kits at Costco.
David came home from school at 3:30 with something he had made;
And then we got to work on our houses. Jacob, Ethan, and Grace did one by themselves, and I did one with David and Caleb.
Seth was really interested in what was going on. But, he was such a busy-body that he was put on the floor and had a melt down. Jacob thought his noise was enough to raise the roof. This was just as soon as we were getting started and I wondered, “Was this a good idea?” David was already bossing Caleb around, I couldn’t find Seth’s pacifier, so I had to call a time out until we got him settled down……..(he was put on the couch with his pacifier).
And we began again.
For a few minutes, Caleb and David were QUIETLY concentrating on what they were doing.
Although it was difficult (we broke several pieces and put our back wall together upside down and the roof was sliding down and so on……) we ended up with a half way decent gingerbread house.
Jacob, Ethan, and Grace did MUCH better with theirs, but I didn’t even get a picture of it, it was quite crazy for me, dealing with everything going on. Their house was color coordinated, neat, and thoughtful. What a difference a few years makes.
Seth fell asleep even with all the activity going on behind him.
In the evening, after it got dark, I turned off all the lights except for the tree and window lights. I lit a candle and called the children to the table. We began reading a book for the advent season that a friend here on xanga recommended to me. I was supposed to start reading it on November 29, when advent began, so we will have to catch up somehow, the book didn’t come until yesterday, I had ordered it from amazon.com. It was a special time, they did really well listening to the story and I tried my best to read it in a very thoughtful and interesting way.
This morning has already been busy. Caleb woke us up at 4 and Rich couldn’t get back to sleep so he got up. I was restless because I kept hearing him walk around.
He left for work at 6 and at 6:04, I found Caleb and Seth like this;
So, I was up and at ’em at 6:04 this morning, serving a bottle and cereal and keeping Caleb out of the gingerbread house candy. It’s snowing outside and it’s a snowday.
Caleb and Seth were both so grumpy that by 8 they were both put back to bed.
“Oh the weather outside is frightful, and so is the prospect of the entire day before me” ~mom of six